It is a fact, Christians sin. Sin leaves us broken hearted because we know that we grieved the Holy Spirit. A pattern of sin in the life of a believer hinders their fellowship with God and diminishes their confidence in the Word of God. Very often, Christians who failed God want to enjoy fellowship with God again but are not sure how this can be realized. More often than not... the infectious parasite of guilt has done its damage and has left the Christian feeling woefully hopeless.
Realizing Jesus Christ as our advocate is essential for the prospect of restoration and recovery (1 John 2:1). The terminology of advocate represents the idea of a lawyer who represents his client before a court of law. From a biblical perspective, it presents Christ Jesus as the single defense for the believer who sins and brings the repentant believer back to fellowship with God the Father. The sole basis of Christ advocacy is the work He accomplished on the cross... namely, His shed blood and death. By the shedding of Christ blood the covenant of Grace began.
A Christian can never be restored to fellowship with God by virtue of a promise or willingness to do better. Religion that puts man in debt to God will never set him free. Salvation is not being in debt to God... it is being debt free because of God. The only basis why God is justified to forgive the Christian is the death of His Son Jesus Christ. Our relationship to God is made sure by His Grace (Ephesians 2:8,9) and our fellowship can only be made secured by Grace. God's Grace compels the sinning believer to rely upon Jesus as the advocate for the remission of their sin. Christ Jesus can only advocate for us effectively by virtue of His shed blood. When a Christian repents from their sin and confesses their sin and sorrow to Christ, fellowship is restored instantly (1 John 1:9). Forgiveness is instant.... cleansing is constant. God not only restores the Christian to fellowship with Him... He begins the process of recovery from the consequence of sin. This is why a Christian should never be hopeless.
Rev William A Tyler Sr